A career that has no shortage of critical moments and pivotal decisions, not much is as important to an NFL player as entering his contract year. For most, it's a key time to prove to any interested franchise, including their own, they are worth paying big bucks for. For others, it's last chance saloon to prove to their current employers they are just good enough to be retained.
So, Melvin Gordon wants a big bag of money to stay with the Los Angeles Chargers, and if he doesn't get it, he won't report to training camp and request to be traded, as reported by Adam Schefter.
On the surface, it looks like the Raiders are all over the place, but there is a method to their madness. Trading Mack and Cooper was a hard pill to swallow, but management knew the Raiders were in no position to contend last year. Rather than commit all that money to Mack and Cooper, they supercharged a rebuild with extra picks, and spread that cap space across multiple needs. After the draft concluded, shortsighted twitter GM’s were quick to mock the Raiders.
Looking back at the 2018 edition of the NFL Draft, the talk is always around Re-Drafts and polarising subjects like "why the heck did the Giants not take a Quarterback with 2nd pick?". But if we were to build a team who made up entirely of players entering their Sophomore year in the NFL, should teams like the Giants feel vindicated or guilty of reaching?
With the 2019 NFL Draft long done and the initial wave of free agency signings completed, it's slim pickings for franchises seeking upgrades to their rosters. Despite the adversity, there is certainly some value to be found. Whether it's a seasoned veteran to bulk up the defensive line, or a complimentary piece for the backfield.
It is clear that the Tampa front office want to wait and see. Other QB's such as Dak Prescott may sign long-term contracts before Winston, but the extra time to examine Winston may prove valuable in the long run. Bruce Arians has the ability to strengthen Winston's game and I am excited to see what is next for one of the most interesting players in the past decade.
With the winners already identified, it's time to focus on the losers of last month's NFL Draft. Looking back we can identify who handled the fanfare appallingly when dealing away players, who got usurped by better franchises and which team downright reached like crazy.
Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers faced off against Kurt Warner’s underdog Cardinals in a match up for the ages. This for me ranks as one of the very best Super Bowls, filled with interesting narratives, wonderful plays and a tremendous finish. This review will take a step back to February 1st 2009 and address what could have been for the plucky Cards.
The one word that comes to mind when describing the 49ers last year is ‘unlucky’. Jimmy Garoppolo’s innocuous injury, accomplished attempting to rush for an additional yard, ended his season and consequently the 49ers hopes.
The Jets have not made the playoffs since 2010, and only really looked close in 2015 when they finished 10-6.